On Thursday 3 December UPR Info held its first side event, entitled "Analysis of UPR Recommendations: Informing the 2011 HRC Review" which was attended by over 50 Government officials, NGO delegates and individuals. The event was chaired by Roland Chauville from UPR Info. Speaking were Professor Edward McMahon (University of Vermont), Muriel Berset (Swiss Delegation) and Marianne Lilliebjerg (Amnesty International).
For the very first time in the (brief) history of the UPR, the State under Review was not present in the room during the adoption "ad referendum" of the report of its own review.
Cyprus contested the inclusion in the report of a statement by Turkey containing "non-UN terminology", according to a letter sent by the Ambassador of Cyprus to the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and therefore refused to be present in the room "when action will be taken".
The troika for Cyprus' review, made of Senegal, the Philippines and the Netherlands, announced tonight that the adoption of the Report of the Working Group will take place tomorrow.
Check the website tomorrow to know when.
The President of the Human Rights Council cut the list of speakers during Cambodia's review due to time constraints. Several States were not allowed to make their statements. These will be posted on the extranet. However, the recommendations will not be taken into account in the Report of the Working Group.
The review went anyhow beyond the time limit and finished at 6.20 pm instead of 6pm.
As an annually recurring part of its agenda, the Human Rights Council held on Monday 28 September a discussion on the integration of gender perspective in the Council's work, with a specific focus on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The panel of speakers consisted of representatives of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances and national human rights organisations.